Santa Barbara City College has approximately 385 student athletes attending as full-time students enrolled in a minimum of twelve units, nine of which must be mandatory core academic units. The Student Athlete Academic Achievement Zone assists student athletes in reaching their educational goals while attending SBCC.
The program targets male and female student athletes who are entering their first semesters at the college and who are considered academically underprepared based on a score of 100 or less on the English Placement Test (CTEP) and/or the Mathematical Analysis Readiness Test (MR). Also included are second-year students deemed academically at risk after completing two semesters and 24 units. They must have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or lower and still be enrolled in basic skills courses.
Academic Achievement Zone strategies include individual tutoring and workshops to help students reduce test-taking anxiety, improve note-taking skills, and assume responsibility for academic successes and failures. Student athletes use these skills to balance the challenges of academics and athletic competition. In Fall 2007, the successful course completion rate was 14.1% higher for users of the Academic Achievement Zone than for eligible non-users.